Horror Movie Tropes & Clichés

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Today I'm talking about the biggest horror movie tropes and clichés most of which make me roll my eyes. These protagonists and movie characters should know the signs by now!!

My Gripes and Critiques of Horror Movie Characters

Quite often fog crosses the road or surrounds a certain spooky location.
Fog is ominous, beware. DO NOT go into the fog.

First, don't go into the forest! You don't know your way around, and you can easily stumble.
Second, don't look back while running, just run faster! Faster. Faster. Go!

Do what the penguins do, just keep running! 

More Eye-Rolling Worthy Tropes & Clichés

-Main character is plagued with nightmares. 
-There is a haunted mansion, abandoned hospital, shack, cabin, etc... 
-A ghost/apparition becomes obsessed with the main characters.
-Deleted camera footage and/or old diary entries (haha like people still use those) are discovered. 

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  1. Yeah, the forest! I never get why the characters always run to the forest. Like, dude, you're most likely to die in the forest and no one will ever find your body. Duh. If I ever find myself in a horror story, I'd probably scream at the top of my lungs and wake the whole town up.

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

  2. Yes!! I'm so done with the same old tropes and cliches. Especially anything involving a cabin. Lol.

  3. I haven't read that many scary books but I am hoping to read BLOOD AND SALT, A CURIOUS TALE OF THE IN-BETWEEN, and THE ACCIDENT SEASON soon :)

  4. I haven't read any spooky books lately, but I devoured all of Stephen King's early books which I would classify as spooky and horrific.

    Bonnie Hilligoss

  5. Yes, people moving into a haunted house is getting old. And then they stay in the house instead of leaving after finding out it's haunted. Haven't read much but I love Horns by Joe Hill. And I really like Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I love this post! As for spooky reads I just usually stick with Stephan King

  7. I don't read spooky much anymore, but I loved Poe when I was younger!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  8. LOL @ the penguin GIF. Seriously gave me a good laugh there.

    The running into the forest is such an obvious one and it happens in almost every scary TV show/book/movie! AND THE DELETED CAMERA FOOTAGE. (camcorders and cassettes. really. because people are still seriously using those.) Fun post!

  9. I actually don't really read spooky books. When I think about them, I think back to junior high when I read lots of Dean Koontz books! Those were intense!

  10. Oh man I always go back to Stephen King books for a nice scare.

  11. Oh yes the running! EVERY SINGLE TIME the character looks back, they trip on something, fall, and then the monster (or whatever is chasing them) captures them! Why on earth do they feel the need to look back??

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  12. Pretty much anything from Stephen King!


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